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01.11.2017

Introducing EU Phytosanitary Standards to Georgia

In order to enable access of Georgian plant and plant products to the EU markets, the country's agricultural sector should successfully implement the national and EU legislation in the phytosanitary sector, particularly in plant health, pesticides and fertilizers, and laboratories. Given that the establishment and development of effective systems required for the legislation implementation may take unnecessarily long time should Georgia do this alone, the Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture (CISTA) from the Czech Republic will assist the National Food Agency (NFA) of the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia in the: a) design and implementation of the Georgian Plant Health Monitoring and Identification system, b) introduction of EU standards and methods to laboratory phytosanitary analyses, and c) regulations on the use of pesticides and fertilisers.

 

With the aim to enhance positive impacts of the planned phytosanitary reform, PIN will be implementing a complementary project and work with various stakeholders, mostly at regional levels, to ensure that Georgian producers of plants and plant products are aware of phytosanitary requirements and able to comply with them. This will eventually contribute to the increased incomes in Georgian agriculture through the improved competitiveness of the country's producers at both local and international markets.

 

For sustainability purposes, awareness-raising activities will be done through government agencies and relevant private actors present in the regions. In particular, PIN will build the capacity of staff of Information and Consultation Centres (ICCs) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farm Service Centres as the entities maintaining regular and long-term contacts with farmers.

 

The phytosanitary information will be also channelled to producers through a network of 24 CSOs across seven regions of Georgia that are well recognized in their communities and deal with agriculture and rural development issues. These include all Local Action Groups established under the EU's rural development programme. The networking with the CSOs will be done through PIN's another current project that aims to empower local CSOs to act as an interface between policymakers and the rural population to support the implementation of DCFTA and of the SME policy. Additionally PIN will involve in awareness-raising activities the most relevant regional stakeholders, including professional associations, sector forums and input suppliers.

 

Finally, PIN will also disseminate information on what the phytosanitary reforms entail for farmers through established online channels, such as PIN-established agriculture information platform https://traktor.co as well as the website of the NFA, and the upcoming web platform of the Ministry of Agriculture.

The current outreach project by PIN started in October 2017 and will end in March 2019. It will be focused on the regions and value chains that are most affected by the new requirements.

 

The project by CISTA to build capacity of NFA is funded by the Czech Development Agency. The outreach project implemented by PIN receives funding from the Emerging Donors Challenge Fund of the US Government.

 

 

 

Implementation period: October, 2017 – March, 2019  
Donor:  Czech Development Agency (CzDA)   United States Agency for International Development (USAID)  

Project counterparts: Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture (CISTA)  and National Food Agency (NFA) 

he EU markets, the country's agricultural sector should successfully implement the national and EU legislation in the phytosanitary sector, particularly in plant health, pesticides and fertilizers, and laboratories. Given that the establishment and development of effective systems required for the legislation implementation may take unnecessarily long time should Georgia do this alone, the Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture (CISTA) from the Czech Republic will assist the National Food Agency (NFA) of the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia in the: a) design and implementation of the Georgian Plant Health Monitoring and Identification system, b) introduction of EU standards and methods to laboratory phytosanitary analyses, and c) regulations on the use of pesticides and fertilisers.

 

With the aim to enhance positive impacts of the planned phytosanitary reform, PIN will be implementing a complementary project and work with various stakeholders, mostly at regional levels, to ensure that Georgian producers of plants and plant products are aware of phytosanitary requirements and able to comply with them. This will eventually contribute to the increased incomes in Georgian agriculture through the improved competitiveness of the country's producers at both local and international markets.

 

For sustainability purposes, awareness-raising activities will be done through government agencies and relevant private actors present in the regions. In particular, PIN will build the capacity of staff of Information and Consultation Centres (ICCs) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farm Service Centres as the entities maintaining regular and long-term contacts with farmers.

 

The phytosanitary information will be also channelled to producers through a network of 24 CSOs across seven regions of Georgia that are well recognized in their communities and deal with agriculture and rural development issues. These include all Local Action Groups established under the EU's rural development programme. The networking with the CSOs will be done through PIN's another current project that aims to empower local CSOs to act as an interface between policymakers and the rural population to support the implementation of DCFTA and of the SME policy. Additionally PIN will involve in awareness-raising activities the most relevant regional stakeholders, including professional associations, sector forums and input suppliers.

 

Finally, PIN will also disseminate information on what the phytosanitary reforms entail for farmers through established online channels, such as PIN-established agriculture information platform https://traktor.co as well as the website of the NFA, and the upcoming web platform of the Ministry of Agriculture.

The current outreach project by PIN started in October 2017 and will end in March 2019. It will be focused on the regions and value chains that are most affected by the new requirements.

 

The project by CISTA to build capacity of NFA is funded by the Czech Development Agency. The outreach project implemented by PIN receives funding from the Emerging Donors Challenge Fund of the US Government.

 

 

 

Implementation period: October, 2017 – March, 2019  
Donor:  Czech Development Agency (CzDA)   United States Agency for International Development (USAID)  

Project counterparts: Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture (CISTA)  and National Food Agency (NFA) 

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